The police registered the case recently after conducting a probe based on a complaint received from an RTI activist, who had appealed to the Bombay High Court to take action against those who tried to malign the Constitution.
DCP (operations) and Mumbai police spokespersonfor Mumbai police, Manohar Dalvi, confirmed a case had been registered against Trivedi. “Cartoons that caused the stir included an interpretation of the Indian national emblem, where four wolves stand in place of King Asoka’s Sarnath lions. Also, the message on the emblem reads Bhrashtamev Jayate (Long Live Corruption) instead of Satyamev Jayate.
The other controversial cartoons on the website included a bureaucrat appearing to assault a woman draped in a sari bearing the Indian tricolor, while a building, strikingly similar to the Indian Parliament, is labelled as the “National Toilet” in another cartoon,” Dalvi said.
Trivedi said, “The cartoons were in no way organized by the Hazare campaign.” Over the phone from Kanpur, Trivedi says his intention was not to mock the Indian Constitution but to “depict the ailing truth of the nation and send across a strong message to the masses”.
The BKC police have booked Trivedi under several sections of the IPC, including the State Emblem of India (Prohibition of Improper Use) Act, 2005 and under Section 66 of the IT Act.
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September 9, 2012 at 10:51 am
i read the article fully. police hits on fundamental right. there is large difference between obscen and ugly,
September 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm
Politicians can view porn films in Sansads… no actions against them … And one showing protest against this corruptive goverment and realising national reality through his cartoons… has been convicted… Its a big shame …This goverment has started becoming tyrant and wants to crush the true voice of common people !!